Who do people say that you are?

I recently attended another funeral, this time for the mother of a friend. Since then, my thoughts have traveled along the path of why am I here, am I living out my purpose? When my time on earth is done, what will be my legacy?  What will others remember about me?  And most importantly, What will God say about my legacy?

When Jesus was in Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples a similar question, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Luke 9:18-19

When Jesus asked that question, he surely wasn’t having insecurity issues and needed an ego boost – He wanted to hear if people understood he was God in human form, come to earth to save people from their sins. Yes some doubted, not for lack of proof, but out of hardened, unrepentant hearts.

As I reflected, I came to the realization that to date, I have spent a great portion of my life trying to find the time to do God’s work – wasted a lot of God’s time and missed many opportunities to witness to someone who didn’t know Christ.

One of the biggest mistakes we make in life is fooling ourselves into believing that our purpose is found in our careers, and that once we’ve established ourselves, we can then try and make the time to do God’s will – But the simple truth is, it is as we live out our lives that  we live out our purpose. God’s kingdom belongs to those who honour and serve Him in every area of their lives.

So yes, you may be a banker, lawyer, doctor, businessman, teacher, whatever your profession, but wouldn’t it be great if to others you were known as the one who is like Jesus, always finding the time to mentor the disappointed and despised, sharing a timely word and a portion of you God-given resources, even as God prospers you in your career, profiting and promoting you higher than best? This I believe is how we must become, by the power and grace of Jesus Christ.

Evangelist Bill Keller wrote, “With the understanding that this is a brief journey we are on, we should be motivated to get the most out of each and every day. Our focus each day should be on fulfilling our reason for being alive, and this is to serve and glorify the Lord through our lives. The greatest legacy we can leave are the lives we have influenced for Christ as we journey on this earth.”

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